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English verb: apologize

1. apologize (communication) acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing

SamplesI apologized for being late.
He apologized for the many typoes.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to somebody

Entailacknowledge, admit

2. apologize (communication) defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

SamplesRationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior.
He rationalized his lack of success.

Synonymsapologise, excuse, justify, rationalise, rationalize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)defend, fend for, support

Narrower (hyponym)color, colour, extenuate, gloss, mitigate, palliate, plead

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